Something that I’ve found really helpful, when my mind wants to criticize, judge or condemn someone (including myself) is to say, “I love everyone, and everyone loves me.” A couple of days ago, I woke up at 3 a.m. and for a while, couldn’t go back to sleep. If I allowed my mind to begin its chatter, I knew I wouldn’t be able to fall back asleep at all, so I began repeating these words, softly in my mind, and drifted into a sound and peaceful sleep.
The next day I noticed something interesting; everyone I saw, whether I knew them or not, seemed very friendly, said hi, or smiled. It was so noticeable that I began to think, “Am I wearing something that has a particularly friendly look today? What is happening?” and then I remembered my night. It was as if the loving intention that I thought during the night, had made its way out into the world and was now showing me the results, mirrored in the way people were treating me.
I’ve also found that I can stop my critical thoughts mid-stream by either saying or thinking the words: “I love everyone, and everyone loves me.” And, deep down, they are the Truth since at the most basic level, the level where we are all just reduced to energy, we really are all one. We really are all Love. I don’t have to feel it to say it…often times I don’t. I say these words to call up the Divine part of me; the larger part that is connected at all times to the highest and best in myself and everyone else.
Much of the talk in the world is full of opinions, criticisms, and thoughts of separation of ourselves from others. This is the sleeping consciousness. It always sees what is wrong with us and everyone around us. It finds fault, is suspicious, blames, condemns, feels morally superior, or less-than. It is hypocritical in the extreme. It will profess peace on earth, while harboring feelings of resentment and unforgiveness for a parent, relative, ex-husband or wife, co-worker, boss, ….. It will wonder why it is being ill-treated but will not look at its own un-loving thoughts. It is the ultimate victim of “others” and its own past…and I dare say, most of us can find ourselves lost in it at times. I certainly know that I can. And I know I am back there, have fallen asleep spiritually, when I entertain this kind of unhappy thinking.
But these few, simple, words, “I love everyone, and everyone loves me“, words that imply connectedness, harmony, and perfect cooperation, have amazing power to bring me Home. Home to my heart where I forgive and am forgiven, where this moment is new, fresh, and has potential for great healing in all areas of life…for me and by extension, for all.
“Continual criticism produces rheumatism, as critical, inharmonious thoughts cause unnatural deposits in the blood which settle in the joints. False growths are caused by jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness, fear, etc. Every disease is caused by a mind not at ease. I said once, in my class, ‘There is no use asking anyone, ‘What is the matter with you?’ We might just as well say, ‘Who’s the matter with you?‘
Unforgiveness is the most prolific cause of disease. It will harden arteries or liver, and affect the eye-sight. In its train are endless ills…Man’s only enemies are within himself…Good-will produces a great aura of protection about the one who sends it, and ‘No weapon that is formed against him shall prosper.’ In other words, love and good-will destroy the enemies within one’s self, therefore, one has no enemies on the external! There is peace on earth for him who sends good-will to man.” The Power of the Spoken Word, Florence Scovel Shinn (published in 1925)